Stocking up on Last Minute Gifts at the Top of the Texas Hill Country

We’ve got four days until Christmas Eve, so naturally, we’re all scrambling to get the holly up, presents under the tree and plan the Christmas feast. If all that has you feeling a bit Grinch-y hit the open road and spend an afternoon at the Top of the Hill Country with us here in San Saba. We’re brimming with Christmas cheer and solutions to those problems. (Ok, we can’t put the holly up for you, but we’ve got gifts and desserts for a Christmas feast covered.)

Good Enough to Eat Gifts

Whether you’re shopping for a foodie lover or just trying to simplify your holiday cook-a-thon, San Saba has some fantastic gifts, stocking stuffers and feast contributions. Here are some of our most drool-worthy offerings.

Dessert for Christmas Day

Teresa “Tea” Hardman brought us San Saba’s first bakery, Bread to Dough, and bakes incredible artisan fruit and meringue pies fresh daily. She also bakes specialty cakes like Italian Cream, bundt cakes and chocolate sheet cake and cake balls which are sinfully good. Consider dessert covered!

One of our favorite things, a present we give over and over again, is San Saba’s Pecan Pie in a Jar. Regardless of gifting intent – whether it’s meant to be a stocking stuffer, hostess gift, baking hack, or to be eaten with a spoon on a cold night next to the fire, everyone raves about this little jar of gooey delight. Pick up this award-winning baking hack all over San Saba. Oliver & Co., Alamo Pecan & Coffee, The Great San Saba River Pecan Company all carry jars. Bonus: you get to skip the line at Williams Sonoma if you buy it directly from the source. If you plan to make a traditional pie with the filling, mix three to four eggs and four tablespoons of butter with the filling and add it to the crust of your choice (bourbon optional, we don’t judge). Voila, your pecan pie is ready to pop into the oven.

Photo: Williams Sonoma

Naturally, being “Pecan Capital of the World,” traditional Pecan Pies can also be found all over San Saba. Pick up a couple and check “pie baking” off your holiday to-do list. We should caution you to keep these babies out of sight and in the back we’ve been told – on more than one occasion – that they have not lasted the road trip home.

Stocking Stuffers & Hostess Gifts

We’ve got all manner of treats for the foodie in your life. Perfect stocking stuffers are:

– oil and vinegar combos from San Saba Olive Oil
– sweet and savory flavored pecans
– pecan butters and honey (10 out of 10 San Sabians think chocolate amaretto pecan butter puts Nutella to shame)
– fudge of all flavors
– gourmet coffee
– award-winning Texas wine Old Man Scary Cellars and Wedding Oak Winery.

Not Good Enough to Eat Gifts

(at least we don’t recommend it)

Not shopping for a foodie? We’ve got you covered with last-minute gifts for everyone else. Pick up candles and antiques at J.C. Mercantile and Co or find great gifts for the little ones at the DIY shop, The Purple Chandelier. Or delight your cowboy (or cowgirl) with a brand new pair of leather boots at Harry’s Boots. Also found at Harry’s are the latest in Western fashion and Yeti products, the gift that keeps giving for years to come in the Texas heat. Grab toys for the kiddos at Madeliene & Me or go big with new appliances at Everett’s Furniture & Emporium.

Photo: Texas Highways Magazine

Christmas Lights at the Top of the Texas Hill Country

Once you’ve wrapped up your shopping, head over to Mill Pond Park to check out our annual Christmas Extravaganza in all its twinkling glory. San Saba’s Christmas Park is a 10-acre wonderland at the top of the Hill Country. Walk or drive through the 30-acre winter wonderland that features more than one million dancing lights. Dancing, you ask? The lights dance with a curated list of Christmas carols broadcasts over 88.7 FM. Digitally animated scenes are cast upon an animation tree, and displays range from a 20-feet snowman to a guitar-playing Santa Claus — you’ll be sure to head out of town with no sign of the Grinch. (Entry is free and open to all. The park opens at dusk and closes at 10 p.m.)

From our families to yours, a Texas-sized Merry Christmas from the Top of the Hill Country!